The Handmaid’s Tale recently wrapped up its third season, with plenty of questions left unanswered. Thankfully, Hulu renewed the show once again. Now, fans can’t help but wonder: what will occur in The Handmaid’s Tale season 4? What will the future hold for June, Gilead, the Waterfords, and the rest? Let’s take a look at some fans’ and critics’ predictions…
The Handmaid’s Tale Season 4 Announcement
Hulu has once again renewed The Handmaid’s Tale for season 4, no surprise. It still brings in the viewers and creators of the show have stated before that they’re planning on a ten season run! Season 4 will air next summer, with all the main stars and producers on board. However, some wonder if they can make it another season, let alone seven. With Elisabeth Moss (June Osborn) as the main star of the show – taking up about 40% of total screen time – it’s hard to imagine creators will divert from the show centering around June’s life. But, audiences and critics had one major issue throughout season 3 (and season 2), and now, onward to season 4: how has June survived thus far?
Season 3 ended with a bang as June’s secret plan to smuggle dozens of kids from Gilead to Canada worked. The show left June in a forest, having suffered a shot to the abdomen. Janine and the other Handmaids find her and carry her away, to a destination unknown. Meanwhile, her voice-over reads out parts of Exodus, showing a clear connection between June and Moses.
It seems like the Handmaids are confident and know where they’re going – but where are they going? And what will happen when they get there? These are just some of the questions that need answers in The Handmaid’s Tale season 4.
Questions Creators Must Answer
One big question hangs in fans’ minds: are creators brave enough to finally let June escape Gilead? Can they make the show not about June in Gilead? They developed plenty of interesting non-June plotlines in season 3. Emily with her old/new life, the Waterfords’ breakdown, Aunt Lydia’s whereabouts, Nick stationed at the front lines, and many more. However, the show never gave viewers enough of these storylines. Just as they got interesting, the show would return to June and her voice-overs, making this season the most boring of them all.
Season 4 also gives creators to show viewers a broader snapshot of the world. The Waterfords’ trail could be incredibly exciting, now that they’ve been charged as war criminals. And how does Gilead react to everything? Furthermore, there’s a chance that Canada could start a war with Gilead, now that they’ve witnessed the horrors of the country. Perhaps Aunt Lydia joins the resistance too, works with June, and ends up on the good side? Also, what happens after the children’s return to freedom. Watching how Canada deals with them, whether adoption or trying to reunite them, and their journey, would make fascinating, relevant television
Of course, while fans’ have a laundry list of ideas they’d like to see the know it’s all in the hands of the show’s creators.
The Handmaid’s Tale Season 4: Out of Fans’ Hands
While the show might have new places to go, few actually believe creators will capitalize on them. After all, Elisabeth Moss still has massive pull and appeal. So, many feel that June will stay in Gilead forever, underground or not, just for the sake of the show. While Moss might pull people in, her character of June might soon push them away. She was once was the most interesting, refreshing part of the series. Starting in season 2, however, fans began to predict her arcs, calling the writing boring and uninspired.
The season 3 finale summoned so many interesting plotlines and the new season is a golden chance to follow them. However, creators have made it clear that Moss is the star and that every plot will revolve around her. Still, fans hope they make the most story-fitting decision, and not to tailor-make the show to fit more Elisabeth Moss closeups.